Findings on happiness in Habich & Noll (2004): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Habich, R.; Noll, H.H.
TitleObjektive Lebensbedingungen und subjektives Wohlbefinden im vereinten Deutschland. (Objective Living Conditions and Subjective Wellbeing in United Germany).
SourceStatistisches Bundesamt;Ed.: "Datenreport 2004", Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2004, Bonn, Gemany, 457 - 575
Public17+ aged, general public, Germany, 1984-2003
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio Economic Panel (GSOEP)
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =16698
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Face/to/face individual Interviews with all householdmembers aged 16 and over Additional information gathered using paper-and-pencil questionaires - household interviews with head of household - an increasing number of individuals completes the questionnaire without the presence of the interviewer. In case of major inconsistencies or missing informaion in field word agendcy they were given a phone call to resolve the issue - so half CAPI in 2002
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
Author's labellife satisfaction (Lebenszufriedenheit)
Page in publication457
RemarksEast Germany 6,4, West Germany 7,0
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab03Age difference among elderly
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years), also classified as above ↑
AgeA04ab03Age difference among elderly
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years), also classified as above ↑
Population groupA04abCurrent age (in years)
population groupE04ab03fEthnic status in Germany
population groupR01ab10Region in Germany